The Walking Dead season six is still months away—seriously, we have roughly six more months before Rick Grimes and Co. return in October—but that hasn't stopped Robert Kirkman, the comic book co-creator and executive producer of the hit AMC series, from sharing scoop. Kirkman, along with star Steven Yeun and AMC's Charlie Collier, discussed the show and what's ahead at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.
At the end of season five, Morgan (Lennie James) was finally reunited with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), but when the two finally came face-to-face again, Rick had just shot a man in the head. Not exactly a very welcoming image for Morgan in Alexandria. Expect a "completely different relationship," Kirkman said, according to The Wrap. "And it's the questions of how they're going to interact, how they're going to work together—if they're going to work together—and what comes from those interactions is going to be basically the spine of season six."
James confirmed on Talking Dead that he would be back for at least one episode...but Kirkman's comments make us think he'll be around for more, especially if he's helping to make up the "spine."
Last year, rumors of Glenn's (Yeun) demise ran rampant, especially when images of bats—SPOILER WARNING: Glenn was killed with a bat in the comics—started popping up from set. He survived, despite getting shot and receiving—and handing out—a beating in the season five finale. Will he kick the bucket in the upcoming sixth season? "We don't kill the popular characters," Kirkman reportedly jokes.
"The way that we make the show—the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful. So if it were [time] for Glenn to go, then it's probably going to be awesome," Yeun said, according to The Wrap.
In February, Kirkman was asked to give "fake spoilers" about The Walking Dead while on Chris Hardwick's @Midnight series.
"Eventually a character named Negan is introduced and he's going to bash in Glenn's brains with a baseball bat called Lucille," Kirkman said as the crowd gasped in horror. His "fake spoilers" were exactly what happens to Glenn in the comics. At the season five premiere, Yeun said he was ready for Negan.
"Well, we'll see what happens when he shows up," he told Kristin Dos Santos. "I'm ready, I've been doing squats. So I can kick real hard. I'll be alright. I'm just gonna kick him. Yeah, squat kicks all day."
Of course viewers know by now that The Walking Dead TV series and Walking Dead comic books don't always follow the same path, with several characters having different fates.
With The Walking Dead season six premiere still months away in October, AMC will satiate zombie fans with Fear The Walking Dead, a new companion series set in the same universe as the mothership series. However, the spinoff of sorts is set before the events of the current series and set in Los Angeles. Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis star. The first season will be six episodes and AMC has already renewed the drama for a second season set to bow in 2016.